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Bump charge your HTC ThunderBolt or Droid Incredible 2 to capture that last 5% of battery life

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Bump charge your HTC ThunderBolt or Droid Incredible 2 to capture that last 5% of battery life
Have you ever recharged your HTC ThunderBolt or DROID Incredible 2 for hours and noticed that once you unplugged the charger, the battery life was down to 90% immediately? There is a reason for that. While either phone does fully recharge, it does not maintain a full charge; instead it keeps the battery at 90-95% full. In order to capture that lost 5-10% of cell power, you can "bump charge" your phone.

To "bump charge" your device, follow these simple rules. First, plug in your phone to recharge the battery. The led light will show a solid orange. Wait until the phone is charged as indicated by the solid green led light. Once that happens, unplug the phone and hold down the power button and select "power off". Once the phone turns off, plug the power cord into the outlet again, causing the led light to be a solid orange which shows that the phone is charging. Once the light is green, unplug the phone and use the power button to turn it back on. Once HTC Sense has loaded, plug the phone in to the outlet once again. The light will be orange. Keep repeating the cycle until the light starts out green as soon as you plug it in. That will indicate that you have 100% battery life.

If you try this, let us know if you are able to "bump charge" your ThunderBolt or DROID Incredible 2. If you are, drop us a comment in the box below if you notice any difference in battery life.

source: AndroidCentralForums

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posted on 03 May 2011, 15:42

1. doubler86 (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


WTF really?

posted on 03 May 2011, 22:23 2

21. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha ya thats nice.. htc is so smart they only let u use 90% of your battery...

posted on 04 May 2011, 01:58

25. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


your a dumbass. It takes 1 hour and a half to get to 95 percent. But the last 5 percent your phone needs to be off for like an hour and charging

posted on 04 May 2011, 17:08 1

30. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


oh isnt that convenient...

posted on 05 May 2011, 12:26

31. spectorar (unregistered)


It's not convenient, it's an artifact of lithium ion batteries. They charge the first 90% quickly but the last 10% takes about as long as the first 90%. It's not HTCs fault it's just how the technology works.

posted on 03 May 2011, 16:01

2. matt (unregistered)


can't you just charge it with the power off and get the same result?

posted on 03 May 2011, 16:28 2

5. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


Probably not because that would make too much sense

posted on 03 May 2011, 16:14 5

3. edbdroid (unregistered)


I think you left out the step about doing jumping jacks naked in a bathtub full of Pistachio-flavored Jello Pudding.

posted on 03 May 2011, 16:27 3

4. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


while singing the national anthem backwards

posted on 03 May 2011, 16:28 2

6. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


but only Pistachio flavor had a really bad experience once with vanilla. Don't want to go into details.

posted on 03 May 2011, 19:53 2

17. Exile SS (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Don't forget to wear sun god robes and wield the staff of the serpent's head.

posted on 03 May 2011, 16:48

7. Tillo (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Feb 2010)


such a lame topic...such a lame explanation...how many cents do u writers get per line?

posted on 03 May 2011, 17:13

8. J (unregistered)


While standing on your head. And square dancing. Wait, you mean that's ALL I have to do?! ... That's obsurd. And yes, I had it for a month, and hated every single second of it. Now, me and my white iPhone are doing quite well!

posted on 03 May 2011, 17:24 3

9. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


this sounds really bad for the battery.

posted on 03 May 2011, 17:39 1

10. NoDoubtRocks (unregistered)


seriously? who has time to do that crap?

posted on 03 May 2011, 17:43 2

11. mcg (unregistered)


Keep repeating the cycle? WTF, that is like shampoo, rinse and repeat. I just want to make a call on my phone!!!

posted on 03 May 2011, 17:57 3

12. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow.. thats uhh... stupid really. how about we just plug it in and it gets to 100% all by its wittle self.. lol. and people wonder why i reccommend samsung over HTC.. lol

posted on 03 May 2011, 18:03 3

13. SomeGuy (unregistered)


HTC: Simply Brilliant

posted on 03 May 2011, 18:13 2

14. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


wow i wanted say somthing sarcastic and damn it everybody said what i was going to say

posted on 03 May 2011, 18:14 1

15. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Ummm .... can I just buy a second charger? Or maybe just steal remixfa's Samsung???

posted on 03 May 2011, 19:01

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I had that in mind

posted on 03 May 2011, 20:14

19. 310golden (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Apr 2011)


I have found that charging it with the USB cord through your computer or laptop with the phone powered off for approx. 2 1/2 hours gives the T-Bolt a longer battery life.

posted on 03 May 2011, 23:38

22. Diana (unregistered)


That is pretty much due to the low ma around 500 that a laptop or computer provide then the 1A that a wall charger provide. So you can look at it at as a trickle/slow charge from a laptop..etc... compared to a fast charge from a wall charger.

posted on 04 May 2011, 00:58

23. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Bump charging is bad on the battery. Reduces battery capacity. There's a reason why manufacturers do this. Apple doesn't do this because they want the batteries to go bad and for people to replace their phones every year and with the batteries not being replaceable, it's been working.

posted on 04 May 2011, 01:47

24. wonderingaround (unregistered)


1 question:
How the hell am I suppose to use the phone while I'm playing peek-a-boo for hours??

posted on 04 May 2011, 03:40 1

26. JOHN (unregistered)


REALLY? WHY KILL UR BATTERY... THIS WAS TO PREVENT THE BATTERY FOR OVERCHARGING.. BEFORE SOMEONE GETS ALL HARD ON THE KEYBOARD AND STATES LITHIUM BATTERIES DONT OVERCHARGE... THEY DONT BECAUSE OF THE SAME REASON.. YOUR PHONE IS PROGRAMMED TO STOP CHARGING THE BATT.. SO DO YOUR HOMEWORK PEEPS.. UR ALL GROW UP... GO AHEAD AND LOOK LIKE A MORON DOING WHAT THIS ARTICLE STATES... SWELL UR BATTERY UP.. JUST DONT GO TO UR WIRELESS PROVIDER AND B**CH AT THEM FOR U BEING A MORON AND OVERCHARVING THE BATTERY..

posted on 04 May 2011, 14:36

29. heyitzme (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


Calm down Buck-o

posted on 04 May 2011, 05:21

27. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


maybe its better to donate your phone to "Will it blend?"

posted on 04 May 2011, 09:26

28. wonderingaround (unregistered)


All this because htc has crappy batteries in their phones.
I'm using my 3rd thunderbolts. First battery lasted 3-4 hours without any apps running, on 3g only! Second and this 3rd is better but it's still far from good.
Also it's important that you train your battery and know how to charge it - true to all Li batteries. Many complaints come from bad charging habbits.

posted on 09 May 2011, 18:38

32. wait what (unregistered)


i trained my battery to fetch me a beer and drive me home from the bar when im drunk. what did you train your battery to do?

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